Newcastle fans have been given news of a potential transfer today, although just as quickly as they were given that hope they swiftly had it taken away. Whilst speaking on Portuguese radio show Bola Branca Rafa Silva’s agent claimed that Newcastle are after the player, although the 19-goal winger has a release clause of 60 million euros.
#NUFC are interested in signing Benfica winger Rafa Silva. Silva’s agent, Antonio Araujo, is quoted saying; “They (Newcastle) are one of those interested. Whatever happens, will happen.” Silva is currently protected by a €60m release clause. [Bola Branca] pic.twitter.com/qoXIzYGs7B
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 6, 2019
The left-wing is something of a problem area for Newcastle United. Both Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy have failed to live up to the standards expected of them at St James’ Park, and bringing in a new wide-man to feature on the left and add end product will be high on Rafa Benitez’s list. However, with the 25-year-old having a release clause equivalent to around £51.3 million it’ll be a tough deal to do.
The chances are, if Rafa Silva does leave Benfica this season then he won’t command the full price that his release clause includes. Newcastle will have their work cut out to get him on the cheap but it’s certainly doable. A bid in the region of around £20 million wouldn’t be ludicrous, but given this is Newcastle United we’re talking about, we can expect a low-ball offer and no deal to go through, which is exactly what the Geordies are predicting.
You can read the Magpies’ verdict on the Rafa Silva rumours here:
Ah, if only it was a €6m release clause…
…we still wouldn’t pay it.
— James Keatley (@jkeatley1892) May 6, 2019
Can’t wait to read these all summer & us actually sign Danny Welbeck on pay as you play
— JΛMIΣ (@jamiepowell1) May 6, 2019
We will offer £5m.. Gets rejected. End of negotiations.
— Keiron (@keiron_nufc) May 6, 2019
Why even put this up. Never happen in a million years. Maybe if his buy out clause was £6m
— Frank Drebin (@FrankDr42855441) May 6, 2019
That rules us out then
— SPARKY (@gc192004) May 6, 2019
He should be safe enough then
— MacToTheFuture (@Petermccarthy84) May 6, 2019
He’s an absolute speed demon
— hutchy (@Hutchylegend) May 6, 2019
Rules us out straight away
— Nick (@FielderNicholas) May 6, 2019
That's a no, then.
— Stephen Willis (@wincynufc) May 6, 2019
The Geordies are desperate to make get some decent summer business done in the next few months, but it looks like they have little faith in Rafa Silva being one of those signed.
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